Product Type: Acco Brands shredders
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Acco Rexel V35
Member Name: blissman70
Acco Rexel V35
Date: 01/04/12, updated on 05/04/12 (60 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, some good features, lightweight and nice size
Disadvantages: top heavy and the bin can be a bit small
Security is pretty essential these days, especially with there being so many people out there that want to look at you most personal information, such as bank statements, credit card bills and even utility bills, (shame they don't want to pay those bills for us).
It's amazing, in a weird sort of way, that certain easy to find information can bring an almost complete profile of a persons financial circumstances. All that is needed is a few pieces of 'certain' papers, such as bank statements, ATM slips, even letter that you don't even think hold that much information about you, maybe a delivery note from your local diy shop.
But each little piece of paper that has your name on it may be worth something to someone if they are hell bent on taking your name on a trip down fraudster road.
So keeping that information from those prying eyes is a must, and that is why getting something like a paper shredder is a good idea, unless you own an open fire where you can simply throw your paper on and let it burn. But as many people don't own an open fire we have to put up with hiding our detail by shredding the paper into the smallest pieces of paper possible.
I've used several shredders, even manual ones where you turn a handle to get the paper through the shredders teeth, but my favourites are without a doubt the electrical ones as they take more paper without your arms getting tired.
One of those electric paper shredders I am using at the moment is a shredder made by a company I had never heard of, but as I paid a good price for this one, plus I trusted the friend I bought it from, I decided that I would give this one a go. Which I'm glad I did as this is not a bad little bit of kit.
The shredder I am talking about is in fact the Acco Rexel V35 cross cut shredder with automatic feature
What does it look like then..?
It looks like a black bin with a 'bulky' looking lid slapped on top of it, but it's this lid that is actually the shredder as the bin underneath it is just a bin.
It's not massive, being about 380mm high, with the actual shredder sitting on top, by 300mm wide and 125mm deep, so it's pretty good for families but may become over worked in a business.
The shredder itself if pretty straight forwards to use, with a slot for the paper to be fed into and a little slider which controls the unit.
The controls are
* Off, which is what it says, it switches the machine off.
* Standby, means the machine is on but will only start working when you push a bit of paper into the jaws.
* On, as it says, the machine is on
* Reverse, this feature is there in case there is a paper jam).
Apart from the little control slider there are several little images along the paper cutting slot which tell you what you can put in and what you can't, for example...
You can shred...
Thin card board
Or similar thin (ish) materials
You can't shred...
Or other thicker materials
What about using the shredder..?
This is as easy as posting a letter through one of those horizontal holes in the middle of a front door, you simply put the shredder itself on the top of the black box type container bin thing, switch the machine on and put a piece of paper near the slot. The automatic function should kick in and take the paper gently from your grasp, shredding it as it goes through the jaws of 'paper' death.
That's it, you can go about shredding those delicate bits of information that you don't want others to see.
In fact, it is so easy to use that if I owned a monkey I would definitely let him use this as he wouldn't struggle one bit and he's probably eat the shredded pieces as well.
The noise levels aren't too bad, depending on the thickness of the paper that it's chewing through, the more paper sheets, or the thicker the card, the more the motor has to work and the noisier it becomes. But it's never too excessive enough to become horrid.
This is a rather fine way of keeping all your personal information away from prying eyes, even if it's not the most powerful of shredders, capable of only taking up to 5 sheets of paper at a time, although I've managed to get 8 sheets through it without it having too much trouble, but it did sound like it was on the verge of packing up at one point.
The standby feature is great as you can simply leave the machine on that setting and it stays silently in the corner, waiting for you to insert a piece of paper, bringing the shredder into life.
The 'waste' bin isn't the biggest but as the shredder is a cross cutter the pieces are smaller and the bin seems to be able to handle quite a lot of those small pieces.
This cross cutting feature gives that extra bit of security as it not only shreds the paper up and down, it shreds it from side to side as well, leaving you with what is technically a lot of tiny little squares of paper... think confetti.
Emptying it is just like emptying a bin. You just take off the lid, in this case the shredder, then pour the contents into the paper recycling bin.
It's quite quick at shredding paper, especially when it's taking one or two pieces, munching through them in less than 10 seconds. And the reverse feature has come in handy a few times, especially when I've tried to shred a few more that five sheets and it has jammed up. But with the reverse feature it releases the paper back the way it went in, thus unblocking the jaws.
I do have to say that as the main weight is the shredder itself, which sits on top of the plastic, almost weightless bin, it can easily be knocked over and the shredder will drop off the bin. But as you're only shredding paper there shouldn't be too much mess if this does take a tumble.
As for the price, this rather fine looking shredder which will protect your personal details from prying eyes sells for around the £40.00 region, which, for peace of mind is a price well worth paying.
In all, a fine way to keep your secrets secret.
But what I really like to do with this is shred all my bills that come flopping through my letter box, even though I still have to pay them.
© Blissman70 2012
Summary: helps stop villians taking over you bank account and you life